Josh McDermitt Had a Tough Time Finding Toilet Paper in 2020

  • Josh McDermitt’s time on “The Walking Dead” did not prepare him for 2020.
  • McDermitt told Insider that even he had a tough time securing toilet paper last year.
  • He found it kind of hilarious since he was on a zombie show.

“The Walking Dead” stars are used to savenging for supplies in a fictional zombie apocalypse, but not even their time on the AMC series prepared them for an unexpected shortage of

toilet paper
and supplies last year.

“I went to the store and there was nothing on the shelves,” Josh McDermitt, who has played Eugene Porter on the drama since season five, told Insider recently.

“I went there to just try and get toilet paper and water and stuff like that,” McDermitt continued, recounting a story many of us know all too well by now. “This was before anyone could find masks or anything.”

As the show enters its final season and McDermitt considers its legacy, he’s wondered if “TWD” and the questions it posed over the years will remain relevant. What would you do if civilization fell? What kind of person would you be?

While he was in the store, something happened that made McDermitt realize just how relevant the show had become even while production on the show was halted for months during the pandemic. 

“I’m standing there looking at the shelf and a guy just looks at me and took a picture of me next to an empty shelf. And he’s like, ‘I love ‘The Walking Dead’ man,'” McDermitt said, thanking him.

Josh McDermitt in 2019

Josh McDermitt is seen in October 2019 at Paleyfest.

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He thought a bit more about what had just transpired and laughed.

“I thought, ‘Oh, that’s really funny.’ The irony of that is the guy from ‘The Walking Dead,’ even he can’t find toilet paper right now. A lot of good that did being on the show,” McDermitt joked. “You have zero survival skills.”

“It was in that moment I was like, ‘Oh yeah. This actually became more relevant, now,'” McDermitt said.

On the final season of “TWD,” McDermitt’s character, Eugene, is currently under scrutiny from a new mystery group, the Commonwealth. At the end of season 10, Eugene ventured on a mission with Yumiko, Ezekiel, and their new friend Princess, in hopes to meet a woman he’s been speaking with over the radio.

At the end of season 11, episode two, Eugene meets a woman claiming to be Stephanie for the first time.

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Is this really Stephanie? Or is Eugene getting catfished?


However, everything may not be as it seems. McDermitt previously told Insider Margot Bingham was the mystery voice on the radio. Bingham, who joined season 11 of “TWD,” is not who introduced herself to Eugene as Stephanie.

We’ll have to wait for more episodes of “TWD” to see if Eugene is getting catfished. Hopefully, that’s not the case.

You can read our longer conversation with McDermitt here and follow along with our show coverage all season long.

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